Interviewee: Sandra Hagler
Interviewer: Ethan Brooks-Livingston
Date: November 12, 2010
Sandra Hagler was born in 1948 in Bristol, Tennessee. She moved to Boone, North Carolina early in her childhood, and graduated from high school in Boone. She began nursing classes when she was nineteen or twenty and eventually got an associateâs degree from Caldwell Community College and a B.S.in nursing from Winston-Salem State. She married briefly and had one child and two grandchildren. In the course of her career, she has worked at a nursing home, at the ASU student health department, and at the Watauga County Health Department.
In this interview, Hagler discusses her childhood, family background, interests as a teenager and decision to become a nurse. Hagler is African-American, and some of her interview centers on memories of the black community in Boone in the 1950âs and 60âs and the impact of desegregation on her youth. She talks about her nursing education, her first uniform, and the equipment and medicines she used at the beginning of her career. She speaks about the changes in nursing that she has witnessed over the course of her career, including technological advances, increasing specialization, and shifts in nursesâ duties and goals. Hagler discusses the interactions between nurses and doctors and the healthcare challenges affecting African-Americans. She also explains the significance of public health.